Arts & Culture

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for 2021

Fifteen lovely ways to show your appreciation

All manner of mothers (from toddler moms to grandmas to mother figures of every description) have been through a lot this past year. For many, the compounded pressures of homeschooling, and/or the long, drawn-out separations from loved ones only added to the overall anxiety and worry during the pandemic. As a mother myself, I know the very best gifts come in the form of personal time (a day totally to herself should be on the docket!) and also in tokens of gratitude that bring beauty or comfort or meaning into her world. Here are some of my favorite picks to do the latter.

Framed Children’s Art
Make a masterpiece out of your children’s doodles and scribbles with the help of Framebridge—I had this multimedia piece on cardboard by my three-year-old placed in the Marin frame without a mat (from $65), and his tiny watercolor put in the Monroe silver frame (from $65) with a giant mat in order to show it off properly.

Here’s the thing about a caftan: The silhouette looks graceful whether you’re twenty or eighty. And this block-printed paisley beauty by Pax Philomena is especially pretty for the beach. $185;

Pound Cake
Toast Mom a piece of this insanely wonderful cream cheese pound cake from Sugarees Bakery in Mississippi for breakfast on the big day. $45;

Face coverings will likely still be required for a while, so why not make them beautiful? The embroidered designs by Henry Handwork are perfect for Mom. $35;

The gift of a handmade tablecloth like this simple design from Brooke & Lou will make for a festive way to mark the first party season in forever now that socializing (with friends!) at home is okay again. $252;

The theme of the moment with baubles is layering, and this bright turquoise piece by Victoria Emerson is a lovely way to add one more. $20;

This modern lamp by Crate & Barrel will provide a pop of pink on a makeup vanity, a stylish way to kick off the day. $129;

This clever design from Ballard Designs acts as both a ceramic display vessel for berries and a colander. $79;

South Carolina’s Brackish crafts these hoops from peacock feathers. $145;

Yoga Mat
Encourage a little self care for Mom every day with a simple but artful yoga mat by the House of Noa. $79; 

These 42 Gold slides will take Mom all the way through summer in comfort and style. $89; 

Add an interesting oval-shaped terra-cotta container from Brooke & Lou to Mom’s collection of patio planters. $32;

Create seriously charming ambience with these marbled taper candles in a rainbow of hues from Houses & Parties. $74 for a set of four; 

Oversized shades by Warby Parker keep the sun (and tired eyes) at bay. $95; 

This Portuguese pitcher by Casafina makes for an ideal vessel for an afternoon sweet tea break. $50;

Five hundred pieces come together to form a gorgeous ginger jar in this puzzle from Lockwood. $25;

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